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DAN Appoints Francois Burman as Director of Diving and Hyperbaric Safety




Divers Alert Network (DAN) has announced the appointment of Francois Burman Pr. Eng, Int PE (SA), BSc, MSc, MSAIME, FSAIW as their new Director of Diving and Hyperbaric Safety.

francois_bBefore joining DAN, Burman received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cape Town. He then served two years as a naval officer where he gained hands-on experience in naval engineering and ship design. He went on to become a Professional Engineer with the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and Welding. In 1994, Burman joined an organization specializing in life-support and underwater engineering. Shortly after, he helped establish the first private hyperbaric oxygen therapy company in Southern Africa and was accepted into the Executive Committee of the Southern Africa Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Association.

Burman joined DAN Southern Africa in 1997 as the Operations Director. He was later appointed the CEO, responsible for all aspects of DAN and its programs. He serves on the board of International DAN and is the technical consultant for various international recompression chamber assistance programs. During his time as CEO, Burman earned a Master of Science degree in Medical Sciences (Baromedical Sciences) at the University of Stellenbosch.

In 2016, Burman was chosen as the recipient of the Wilbur T. Workman award. The award is presented to an individual who shows enthusiasm in the fields of aerospace and hyperbaric medicine and is instrumental in establishing and maintaining safety standards for the specialized field of Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine.

“Francois’ contributions within the dive industry, as well as the DAN organization, are significant and he brings an extensive set of skills to this position,” said Bill Ziefle, President and CEO, Divers Alert Network. “His expertise in developing safety and risk mitigation protocols specific to the dive community is unparalleled. We are excited to have him aboard to help expand our resources and take our programs to the next level,” added Ziefle.

As Director of Diving and Hyperbaric Safety, Burman will place emphasis on developing and promoting programs to improve safety through risk awareness and mitigation, reducing liabilities, preventative training, and prompting appropriate response to safety violations and injuries.


Photo Gallery: Dive Fest Barbados



In our Gallery feature, we let the photos tell the story… Each Gallery showcases a selection of outstanding images on a chosen theme, taken by our Underwater Photography Editor Nick and Deputy Editor Caroline of Frogfish Photography. This time they reflect on their visits to the Caribbean Island of Barbados for the annual Dive Fest celebrations.

Dive Fest Barbados is a week of celebrating the marine life, diving and snorkeling this idyllic island has to offer. There are activities organised each day for all those that attend that include wreck diving, marine conservation, learning to dive, snorkeling and one an unusual dive for us – riding a submarine to the bottom of the Caribbean Sea! Dive Fest Barbados allows divers to get the very best out of a trip here, with plenty of diving, but also to sample the unique atmosphere, mouth-watering food and drink, stunning scenery and beautiful beaches.

For more images from Barbados and around the world, visit the Frogfish Photography website by clicking here.

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Marine Life & Conservation

Video Series: The CCMI Reef Lectures – Part 4 (Watch Video)



Introduced by Jeff Goodman

Never before since human beings have had major influence over our earths climate and environments, have we come to so close to the brink of global disaster for our seas and marine life. We need to act now if we are not going to crash headlong into irreversible scenarios.

A good start to this is understanding how the marine environment works and what it means to our own continued survival. We can only do this by listening and talking to those with the experience and knowledge to guide us in the right direction.

CCMI (Central Caribbean Marine Institute) are hosting an annual Reef Lecture series that is open to the general public and Scubaverse will be sharing those lectures over the coming months.

Part 4: Stop Whining! Life as an Ocean Ambassador; Ellen Cuylaerts

Ellen Cuylaerts shares her insights on how to act, practice what you preach and use your voice to contribute to constructive change. Ellen is a wildlife and underwater photographer and chooses to take images of subjects that are hard to encounter like harp seal pups, polar bears, orcas, beluga whales and sharks, to name a few. By telling the stories about their environment and the challenges they face, she raises awareness about the effect of climate change on arctic species, the cruel act of shark finning and keeping marine mammals in captivity.

During this seminar, Ellen will take you on a virtual trip and show you the stories behind the shots: how to get there, how to prepare, how to create the most chances to come home with a shot, and how to never give up!

Ellen Cuylaerts is an ocean advocate, underwater & wildlife photographer, explorer, and public speaker.

For more information about the CCMI click here.

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